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Bishops of the Russian Metropolia in North America

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The expanse presence of the mission placed by the [[Church of Russia]] slowly expanded from the distant outpost in Alaska to a [[diocese]] that covered Alaska and the eastern expanse of northern Siberia. This diocese then developed two vicariates that eventually became separate dioceses. This list of [[hierarchbishops]]s presents includes those [[bishop]]s who provided the leadership in the development of this mission the Russian church presence in North America until , following the mission was granted its autocephalygroup that became known as the "Metropolia" and is now known as the [[OCA]].
Starting as a vicariate in a distant diocese, the mission soon became part of the large missionary diocese that included Alaska and the northeastern part of Siberia where initially the seat of the ruling bishop was in Alaska but was moved to Siberia before Alaska was sold to the United States. After the sale of Alaska the vicariate in Alaska was reformed as an autonomous diocese with the bishop's seat moved to California, outside the territory of Alaska. With the growth of the Orthodox population in the eastern part of North America, the name of the diocese was changed to include all North America and the ruling bishop's seat was eventually moved to New York. As the diocese grew , auxiliary bishops were consecrated to cover the vast area and the cultural needs of the faithful. In the closing decades prior to the 1970 grant of the mission [[autocephaly]] many of the auxiliary bishops began to function as autonomous heads of dioceses.
The information following lists the bishops that occupied the ruling and vicar bishop positions during prior to the era grant of the missionautocephaly, listed in the succession from the point of view of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA) rather than that of the [[Church of Russia]], whose succession diverges officially at the point of the establishment of the [[Russian Exarchate of North America]] in 1933.
==Early years==
*'''===Diocese of Irkutsk'''===
*Vicariate of Kodiak: [[Joasaph (Bolotov) of Kodiak|Joasaph (Bolotov)]] 1799-1799
*'''Diocese of Kamachata, Kurile Islands, and the Aleutian Islands'''
*Yakutsk: Peter (Ekatrinovsky) 1867-1882
*Sitka/New Archangel: [[Paul (Popov) of Novoarkhangelsk|Paul (Popov)]] 1867-1870
*'''===Diocese of Aleutian Islands and Alaska'''===
*See: Sitka, formerly New Archangel, from 1870
*See: San Francisco from 1872
==Maturing Church==
*'''===Diocese of Aleutian Islands and North America'''===
*Change in the name of the diocese in 1900
*See: New York from 1905
*Berkeley: [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dimitri (Royster)]] 1969-1970
The [[Tomostomos]] of [[Autocephalyautocephaly]], signed [[April 10]], 1970, by [[Patriarch]] [[Alexei I (Simansky) of Moscow|Alexis of Moscow]], formally ended the mission and granted self-rule to the Russian North American diocese.
==See also==
[[Category:Church History]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in America]]
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